New Sunvox beta released

A new beta for Sunvox is released for desktop and Windows Mobile / Palm OS (I’m just really pleased that these are still supported). So my guess is that this is what to expect for the next iOS version too.

What is new:

  • new module – WaveShaper;
  • new options in Preferences->Recording: Pattern fit to grid, Note quantization, Controller quantization;
  • empty parameter of the vibrato effect 04 is now treated as “use previous parameter value”; works only for songs created in SunVox 1.7.2 and higher;
  • new option “smooth frequency change” in the Analog Generator; enabled by default; disable it if you want to use arpeggio effect 08;
  • velocity map in the MultiSynth module;
  • improved CPU Usage Monitor with scrolling and module selection;
  • maximum number of pattern tracks has been increased from 8 to 16;
  • maximum Echo delay length increased to 4 seconds (except for PalmOS, where still the maximum is 1 second);
  • new controller in the Echo module – “Delay units” with different available modes (ms, Hz, ticks, lines);
  • new controller in the Filter module – “LFO frequency units” with different available modes (ms, Hz, ticks, lines);
  • new controller in the Flanger module – “Vibrato speed units” with different available modes (ms, Hz, ticks, lines);
  • new controller in the LFO module – “Frequency units” with different available modes (ms, Hz, ticks, lines);
  • new controller in the Vibrato module – “Frequency units” with different available modes (ms, Hz, ticks, lines);
  • new controller in the Vibrato module – “Set phase”;
  • sound engine optimization;
  • many bugs fixed.

More on the beta here.

Sunvox on iOS:
SunVox - Alexander Zolotov

BeatShuffler for iPad arrives

A new app from Big Robot Studios and it looks like it’s going to be a great addition to your beat tools. Here’s the app’s description:

25% OFF Introductory price, until the new version with AudioCopy is released.

Beatshuffler is a music app that slices loops and allows you to trigger those slices, always on time. It is a great beat sketching tool where almost everything sounds interesting, since the slice triggering always falls on the beat. At its core, it is inspired by the mlrv app, for the Monome and other grid devices.

It features:

  • 6 tracks for loops.
  • Ability to import WAV and MP3 files.
  • iOS File Sharing import for exchanging files with the app.
  • A mixer.
  • A master channel with effects.
  • A separate channel for each of the tracks, with effects.
  • Available effects: Delay and Low Pass Filter.

Among the upcoming features are Audio Clipboard support, to import loops from other apps and an expanded loop library.

The app’s launch price is $2.99.

Beat Shuffler - Big Robot Studios

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Mashbox for iPad available free for a limited time

Beatport, the world’s largest music store for DJs, presents Mashbox, the latest way to play with music™.

Put a new spin on well-known songs with pre-cut music packs from the Mashbox music store, featuring Fedde Le Grand,
Butch, Booka Shade and more.

Mashup two tracks together by controlling the individual loops and elements of each – from basslines to vocals – in a fun, throwback app.

With more new and classic tracks added to the marketplace weekly, the possibilities are endless to create a sound all your own.

Turn your iPad into the ultimate mobile mashup machine.

Mashbox - Beatport, LLC

iPads at the Apple Store

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SoundMashine universal arrives

 
Another new app today. Looks quite interesting so I might give it a go. Here’s the description:

SoundMashine is a granular synthesis based sound sampling and sequencing instrument.

Fully utilising touch gestures to provide a fast and easy to use compositional tool.

The app records sound using the devices built-in microphone, then divides the sound into slices which are then automatically assigned to each of the 16 screen tiles.

Each tile has its own set of parameters allowing you to adjust window size ,playback rate, pitch, feedback, delay and delay modulation, all of which are easily set by the swipe of a finger. Each parameter listed can also be randomised between a set of assignable values.

Using the sequencer function patterns of tiles can be recorded and played back at different speeds, again using simple touch gestures.

With its flexibility for working with sound at different pitches, rates and sequencer speeds, SoundMashine lends itself well to a variety of compositional paradigms, from beat based through to drone or noise based music forms.

The app is priced at $0.99

SoundMashine - MRA-Development

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SampleTank from IKM released

IKM brings the long awaited  SampleTank to iOS. Here are all the details:

NOW, MAKE RECORD-READY MUSIC EVERYWHERE WITH HUNDREDS OF PRO-QUALITY SOUNDS AND PATTERNS!

SampleTank is the first professional quality sound and groove module that puts hundreds of world-class instruments and patterns in your pocket. You can play SampleTank instruments on stage with the iRig MIDI (www.irigmidi.com) interface and a keyboard or pad controller just as you would with a regular sound or synthesizer module, or you can use the built-in tools to create inspiring professional sounding music on the go.

SampleTank instruments give you unmatched realism, sound variety and audio performance – a true premier for the iOS world. For the first time on this platform, hundreds of professional sample-based sounds and patterns can be easily accessed, layered and used for playing live. You can make music anytime and anywhere the inspiration hits you. SampleTank is the most compact sound and groove module ever made.

SampleTank gives you an astounding 16 instrument categories for an expandable sound set of over 400 instruments that cover virtually every acoustic, electric and electronic sound you may need. Choose drums, pianos, bass, guitars, synthesizers, strings, percussion — whatever your sound needs may be, it’s there. Plus, each category includes instrument riffs and grooves, so you can immediately utilize and experiment with the over 900 included patterns. Plus, SampleTank expansion sound packs allow you to pick and choose only the sounds you need, when you need them.

You can have up to 4 simultaneous instrument parts, perfect for playing live. Use them to build a full rhythmic groove or to layer sounds together for rich creative sounds. Groovy. Plus you get the same sound and performance quality from our mobile app that you’d expect from our high-end professional studio products. And you do. Lightning-fast sound loading and near-zero latency makes putting the groove in your pocket an easy thing to do. So get in the pocket and get SampleTank.

SampleTank includes 72 instruments (68+4 when you register) and over 900 patterns, plus you can expand your sound library a-la-carte via in-app purchase with 22 Sound Packs for each instruments category including Drums, Bass, Guitar, Piano, Electric Piano, Organ, Chromatic, Strings, Brass, Woodwinds, Synth Leads, Synth Pads, Trons, Voices, Ethnic, Percussion and Sound FX, all with dozens of voicing to choose from, or you can get the complete SampleTank Sound Packs bundle for a competitive price.

  • 4-part multi-timbral professional quality sound and groove module
  • Expandable sound library with more than 400 instruments in 16 categories
  • Over 900 melodic and rhythmic patterns for accompaniment or groove creation
  • Built-in insert effects and master reverb
  • Sound and effects editing with multiple parameters
  • Play interface with piano keyboard, scale-based keyboard and drum pads
  • Designed in concert with iRig MIDI interface for iOS devices
  • Free version also available

The app is priced at $9.99.

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Loopy HD arrives

Loopy HD arrives and is actually a universal, which is a bit of a surprise.

RECORD AND LAYER

  • Six, nine, or twelve beautifully rendered circular loops, with simple yet powerful controls.
  • Count-in, count-out and record chaining lets you keep your hands free to play an instrument.
  • Overdub, to build beautiful, complex soundscapes from many layers.
  • Support for tracks of any multiple or fraction of a beat, for flexible and expressive looping.
  • Sophisticated audio or visual metronome to keep you in time – no matter what time signature you choose.
  • Perfectly synchronized, low latency audio engine.

IMPORT AND CONSTRUCT

  • Import loops from your computer via iTunes, with support for AIFF, WAV, MP3, M4A, CAF and more.
  • Bring in audio from many other audio apps with integrated MAPI AudioPaste, with support for Intua general pasteboard format.
  • Imported loops are automatically fit to your beat, no matter what tempo.

MANIPULATE AND TWEAK

  • Full stereo audio, with pan controls for each track to create custom stereoscapes.
  • Fix up timing by twisting tracks around to line up the beat, or make funky sound effects with dynamic time shifting.
  • Drag a track onto another track to merge tracks, and clear up a space.
  • Live, dynamic tempo adjustment to speed up or slow down your creations, without altering the pitch.

PERFORM AND SHARE

  • Record whole performances with in-app session recording facilities.
  • Upload performances or single loops straight to SoundCloud, and post to Twitter or Facebook.
  • Email audio clips (with automatic conversion to compressed AAC audio).
  • Share audio with many other audio apps with MAPI AudioCopy.
  • Transfer loops or performances to your computer via iTunes.

The app is priced at $3.99

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Native Instruments iMaschine arrives

It’s arrived a day early. NI’s iMaschine is here, and here are the details:

iMaschine – THE GROOVE SKETCH PAD

iMASCHINE is an intuitive and powerful beat sketch pad for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad perfect for developing song ideas anytime, anywhere.

Play and record drums on the 16 pads, jam a melody on the keyboard, sing on top of your loops via the built-in audio recorder or create your own unique sample banks from any source – With iMASCHINE the focus is always on the music. And when you’re done, you can directly upload your track to SoundCloud and share with your friends, or finalize it in the studio if you own Native Instruments’ MASCHINE hardware.

iMASCHINE is a professional instrument designed for beat producers of all levels – you don’t need to have experience to create fresh beats. With its intuitive threshold-based pad sampling, note repeat, auto-loop length feature, professional onboard mixer with six studio effects and the unique audio recording function, iMASCHINE makes it easy to instantly create grooves whenever the mood hits.

Use the included drum kits and melodic sounds, all in professional WAV-format, or expand your library with the iMASCHINE Expansions – available directly from your device via the in-app store.

About MASCHINE – the computer-based groove production studio

Create tight rhythms, harmonies and melodies in moments with MASCHINE – the highly enjoyable computer-based instrument that combines a pattern-based sequencer, professional sampler, multi-effect unit and VST/AU plug-in host. Everything is intuitively controllable via the fully integrated hardware – once you touch the tactile controller the fun and intuitive workflow takes over, allowing you to stay focused on what matters – the music.

MASCHINE is constantly evolving; the latest 1.6 free update makes it possible to plug any VST® or Audio Unit™ plug in into MASCHINE, with parameters auto-mapped to the controller so you can immediately start tweaking your sounds.

Key Features of iMaschine:

  • * 16 pads for playing the included drum and one-shot samples
  • * Library includes 10 projects, 26 kits and 466 individual samples (170MB of WAV sounds)
  • * Pad sampling mode: record your own one-shot sample through the built-in iPhone microphone
  • * Keyboard mode with two manuals for playing chords, bass and melodies
  • * Note repeat function with 4th, 8th, 16th, 16th triplets, 32th for keyboard and drum pad mode
  • * Audio recorder mode lets you record vocal ideas through the built-in iPhone microphone
  • * Assign any of the 4 groups to pad, keyboard or audio recorder mode (i.e. have a pocket 4-track recorder)
  • * Mixer page includes two send effects with Delay, Flanger, Chorus, LoFi, HP, BP and LP filters
  • * The live-mode sequencer automatically detects the recorded loop length
  • * Finished song idea can be exported with one touch as an audio file or uploaded to SoundCloud
  • * Project (including samples) can be exported to MASCHINE for finalizing in your studio environment
  • * Additional drum kits and instrument sounds can be easily purchased through the in-app store 

The app is priced at $4.99

iMaschine - NATIVE INSTRUMENTS GmbH

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MovBeats for iPhone arrives

From the makers of Loopseque and Loopseque Mini comes a new app. Here’s what they’ve got:

MovBeats is a funny and a little crazy app which allows you to create video clips easily and quickly, catching them in the surrounding space.

  • Record short clips with the iPhone camera.
  • Put the clips on the sequencer line to create video beats.
  • Play with the patterns and record a movie.
  • Share created movie with your friends on your favorite social networks.

You don’t need to have any special skills to make your own music video in beatbox style. Due to the inbuilt sequencer, video clips always play rhythmically, beat in beat.

The whole surrounding world, including YOU holding the iPhone, becomes an endless library of samples and interesting video fragments. Turn your friends into a drum section, use your pets to make a melody, and your grandpa will perfectly suit for a bass part. Don’t forget sounds of your kitchen: add pans and plates to the percussion.

Main Features:

  • Live record from camera
  • Edit & trim clips
  • 192 slots for clips
  • 128 slots for patterns
  • 16 steps sequencer
  • Tempo correction, tap & cue
  • Record compositions on the fly
  • Export records to Youtube & Vimeo
  • Share records on Facebook, Twitter & Tumblr

Improvise and create compositions on the fly.
Be creative, be merry, be crazy.

Join MovBeats community right now:

System requirements:

  • iPhone 4
  • iPod Touch 4G
  • iPad 2*
  • iPhone 3GS**
  • iOS 4.1 or later

* iPad 2 is currently supported only in iPhone compatibility mode, without native iPad interface.
** iPhone 3GS is supported with reduced FPS (15). And, of course, you’ll be missing front camera so much! 🙂

The app is priced at $0.99

MovBeats - Casual Underground

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iMASCHINE is coming on the 1st of October!

We’ve been waiting for NI to do something and now they have! iMASCHINE is coming soon! Here are the details:

The first ever Native Instruments iPhone® and iPod touch® App is an intuitive and powerful beat sketchpad based on MASCHINE’s groove production studio concept. iMASCHINE is perfect for developing song ideas anytime, anywhere – Play and record drums on the 16 pads, jam a melody on the keyboard, sing on top of your loops via the built-in audio recorder or create your own unique sample banks from any source – With iMASCHINE the focus is always on the music. And when you’re done, you can finalize your track in the full version of MASCHINE or MASCHINE MIKRO or directly upload it to SoundCloud and share with your friends.

iMASCHINE will be available at the iTunes App Store for $ 4.99 / 3.99 € from October 1st.

iMASCHINE is a professional instrument designed for beat producers of all levels – you don’t need to have experience with MASCHINE to create spontaneous beats. With its intuitive threshold-based pad sampling, note repeat, auto-loop length feature, professional on-board mixer with six studio effects and the unique audio recording function, iMASCHINE makes it easy to instantly create grooves whenever the mood hits.
Use the included drum kits and melodic sounds, all in professional WAV-format, or expand your library with the iMASCHINE EXPANSIONS – available directly from your device via the in-app store.

Key features:

  • 16 pads for playing the included drums and one-shot samples
  • Library includes 10 projects, 25 kits and over 400 individual samples (100 MB of WAV sounds)
  • Pad sampling mode: record your own one-shot sample through the built-in iPhone® microphone
  • Keyboard mode with two manuals for playing chords, bass and melodies
  • Note repeat function with 4th, 8th, 16th, 16th triplets, 32th for keyboard and drum pad mode
  • Audio recorder mode lets you record vocal ideas through the built-in iPhone® microphone
  • Assign any of the 4 groups to pad, keyboard or audio recorder mode (e.g. use it as pocket 4-track recorder)
  • Mixer page includes two send effects with Delay, Flanger, Chorus, LoFi, HP, BP and LP filters
  • The live-mode sequencer automatically detects the recorded loop length
  • Finished song idea can be exported with one touch as an audio file or uploaded to SoundCloud
  • Project (including samples) can be exported to MASCHINE for finalizing in your studio environment
  • Additional drum kits and instrument sounds can be easily purchased through the in-app store

What it runs on:

  • iOS 4.3 or higher*
  • iPod touch® 3G or higher
  • iPhone® 3GS or higher
  • iPad® 1 or 2

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RealBeat for iPhone and iPad arrives tomorrow

RealBeat arrives for iPhone and iPad tomorrow. Does that remind anyone else of Kraftwerk’s Tour De France?

Anyway, here are the features:

  • Sampler (record sounds easily)
  • Text to Speech (let your device speak for you)
  • Modify the sound (pitch, reverse, distortion, reverb, …)
  • Sequencer (make rhythms)
  • Patterns (modify the rhythm easily)
  • Live effects (manipulate in realtime)
  • Mixer
  • Export sounds to other apps via Audio Copy
  • Export sounds to your computer via iTunes
  • Works with internal microphone

There’s also a mac version of the app as well.

RealBeat - joerg piringer

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